So Saturday morning I’m dinking around online during Parker’s nap kinda lazily going over the day’s activities–return pants, eye exam, barbeque at Tom’s parents’… Then the panic sets in. I have prepared nothing to bring. Sure, he had told me a few days earlier not to worry about bringing anything, but between our move and work, and oh yeah, I have a kid, I totally forgot to ignore him and make something anyway. At this point, I maybe had, oh 45 minutes before Parker woke up and Tom came back from getting his oil changed. And from that point, we were off for the day. I also was limited to what was in the pantry, because as we all know, when Parker’s sleeping, I CAN’T GO ANYWHERE. So I racked my cluttered mind, browsed a couple blogs, and pulled out these little beauties.
I’ve made them before for Christmas cookie platters, and I forgot how simple they. Seriously, the base is five ingredients (well, plus salt). And while everyone loves the bittersweet depth and darkness of a Brownie, there’s always room for her spunkier, outspoken little sister Blondie.
Basically, you combine butter, sugar, egg, and flour, and then throw in whatever you have in your pantry. Quite helpful when you’re trying to clean up odd ends and bits of things left in your pantry before you attempt to move it all. What did I use for this particular batch? Ha, what didn’t I? Milk chocolate chips (I would have preferred semi-sweet, but I had them left from these), toasted pecans, my dear frenemy Johnnie Walker, toasted unsweetened coconut leftover from these, toffee bits, and a piece of Sharffen Berger I had hanging around from who knows what. (An actual baking project or a late night/early morning/midday binge, who’s to say?) Mix it up, pour into an 8×8, bake for 20-25 minutes.
I cut this particular batch up using a cookie cutter, cause I’m fancy and was trying to impress his parents, but you can obviously just cut into squares. But you can freeze the leftover scraps and add them into homemade ice cream as it churns. (Or mix them into store-bought.) You could also cut the baking time back a few minutes, top it with vanilla ice cream straight outta the oven, and promptly apply to face. In spirit of today’s holiday, I can think of one particular activity that would be a perfect time killer for those 20 minutes… Ultimate munchie, anyone?
8 tablespoons (one stick) of butter, melted
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
pinch of salt
1 cup AP flour
Preheat oven to 350. Combine butter and sugar. Beat in the egg. Add the vanilla and salt; stir in flour to combine. Add any (or none) of the following (I used about 1 1/4 cups of add-ins total):
- toasted nuts
- 1/4 cup dark liquor such as rum, bourbon, scotch, etc. (Add an additional tablespoon of flour.)
- toasted, preferrably unsweetened, coconut
- toffee bits
- chocolate chips/chopped up bar of (white) chocolate
- dried fruit
- different extracts (mint, almond, etc.)
- a mashed banana
Pour into greased 8×8 pan, bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool before cutting.